Having followed the US election campaigns for a good 18 months now, I’m looking forward to Tuesday. With only two days left, I’d like to use the opportunity to say that I find both main candidates in principle electable, decent people. A lot of mud has been slung - and now I think it’s time to show the necessary respect for this impressive democratic process that is to unravel.
Therefore, I’d like to invite everyone here who has so far shown support for one side (and I mean any side) to show respect for the opposite candidate and state something constructive about them. It doesn’t need to be an endorsement, but a sign of respect or acceptance for the opponent would be a nice display of the democratic spirit.
Here’s my contribution: While I’d prefer to see Obama in the White House, I think that McCain is a decent man who could be a good president (and who would hopefully never have to hand over to his VP). I agree with the Guardian, who surprisingly have published quite an endorsement for him, and I think it’s time to show respect for the political adversary.
The moment for McCain
He might not have had a great campaign, but still the Republican is the best man to unite America
To me this article means that with McCain as president there could bring a true conciliatory shift in US American political culture - a spirit of co-operation on both sides across party-lines which I would expect less likely with an Obama administration.
That said, I’m looking forward to Tuesday, and I wish everyone will go about taking part in this greatest of political achievements - free democratic elections - with dignity and pride.
[Insert whatever deity or principle you believe in] bless America!